About our meetings


Note: Meetings will be held in the Green Township Building, Green Township, Sussex County, New Jersey, starting in 2018. Meetings are held the second Monday of the month, unless the date falls on a Federal holiday such as Verterans Day or Columbus Day, then the meeting date may be altered.

Please note that calendar dates and topics are subject to change.

2021-2022 FIH Programs   
Date            Title                                       Presenter                  
AUGUST 9     Outdoor get-together &  Rice Bag   Ellen Phelps    / in person           
SEPTEMBER 13        What I did over the Summer –   in person / zoom  
Finishing up the Rice Bag              
OCTOBER 11     Sampling is NOT a Dirty Word   Ruby Leslie  / zoom              
NOVEMBER 8     Ice Dyeing    Jessica Kaufman  / zoom
Jessica Kaufman is an Ice Dyeing expert and will show us how to get incredible results from this amazing technique. Ice Dyeing takes no experience to get incredible results. Even simple patterns get turned into stunning advanced-looking results. This dyeing method can be used on all cellulose fibers such as cotton, linen, rayon, etc. In addition to clothing ice dyeing can transform household textiles such as napkins, towels, pillowcases, etc. 
DECEMBER 13    Jen Weber "All About Japanese Temari"
Come and learn all about the ancient craft of Japanese temari (embroidered thread balls).  Find out about the history and development of this unusual art, right up to its present day prevalence both in Japan and around the world.  The secrets of what is actually inside these lovely creations will be revealed, as well as what they are used for and how they are made.  Best of all, you'll get to see oodles of examples.  Temari offer fiber artists a great avenue to explore bold color theory -- you might not want to weave or wear a bright rainbow scarf, but a rainbow temari is a delightful thing!  And you'll learn about some of the different geometries and patterns that are unique to this craft.  There will be plenty of time for questions, so bring your curiosity and get ready to fall in love with the amazing art of Japanese temari!
JANUARY 10, 2022 Saikiori History & Demo AmandaRobinette / zoom
Sakiori is a form of Japanese rag-weaving used by peasants from the mid-18th to the mid-20th centuries to make durable, warm cloth for work garments and other utilitarian textiles.  Due to poverty and the scarcity of suitable fibers, even the smallest scrap of cloth was used.   What lessons do these methods hold for us in today's world?  What if we used the overabundance of inexpensive fibers and fabrics available to us to weave new cloth, not for warmth or durability but for beauty and to prevent waste in the textile stream?  
We will first learn about the history and use of traditional sakiori fabric in old Japan, taking a close look at some vintage examples.  We will then move on to the concept of Western Sakiori, touching on rag selection and preparation, weaving, and finishing techniques, as well as some visual inspiration.                           
FEBRUARY 14, 2022 Swedish Trip    Sally Orgren  / zoom                                        
A trip to Sweden for a family reunion in 2019 evolved into two weeks of non-stop textile adventures for  Sally Orgren. Enjoy behind the scenes tours of Östergötlands Ullspinneri (a wool spinning operation),  Klässbols  Linneväveri (four generation linen factory), Almgrens Sidenväveria (Stockholm silk museum),  and some of the student textile work exhibited at the University of Borås in this presentation. Tag along virtually as Sally visits textiles recovered from the Vasa, a famous Swedish ship that sank in 1628.
MARCH 14, 2022   Tartans   Mary McDonald   / zoom 
Basic concepts of tartan will be covered:
1. Description of tartan. All tartans are plaids, but not all plaids are tartans. Basic weave structure, following registered setts for authenticity. 
2. How tartan was used by Scots, Irish. 
3. Different types of tartans: clans, professional, military.
4. Within each clan: everyday tartan, dress tartan, hunting tartan. How and why they are different. 
5. Scottish Registry
6. Can we alter thread sett or change colors and still call it a tartan? (Technically, no)
Time for questions and discussion will follow the presentation.
APRIL 11 Challenge Prep (Create your own Tartan) and UFO's (Unfinished Fiber Objects. / zoom
If you're like most weavers, your weaving room is filled with UFO's. These are not from outer space but are the Unfinished Objects that                     
have collected over time. We originally started these projects filled with enthusiasm but along the way something went wrong.
By sharing your UFO with the guild, maybe our members can figure out a way to get you back on track.  In order to have your UFO(s)
viewed by those at the meeting, you will need to send a jpg photo of your item to Patti Chrisman by APRIL 6 so she has time to put them together.

AND . . .   let’s see what you have come up with SO FAR from our last month’s program on Tartans.
Final results to be presented at October 2022 meeting.

MAY 9    Sardinian Weaving   Kelly Manjula Koza  / zoom                                               
Kelly Manjula Koza, the founder of Sardinian Arts, helps the few remaining handweavers on this beautiful Mediterranean island by educating the public about the textiles, weavers, and traditions of Sardinia. Through her presentation she is trying to protect and promote Sardinian textiles in a sustainable and ethical manner.

JUNE 13                     Yarn Swap/Sell/Giveaway and Picnic Social at Green Township Pavilion.  Outdoor in-person program. Rain or Shine. This is a covered pavilion.  All flat terrain.  Bathrooms on site. Bring your own lunch and drink.                                                                                 

No meetings July and August